An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig
During a class discussion on genetic engineering, Kyle hits upon the idea of combining an elephant with a pig. He already owns an elephant (which he got via mail order), and Cartman has a potbellied pig named Fluffy. A classmate named Terrance (no relation to Terrance and Phillip) bets he can clone an entire human being before Kyle can produce his elephant/pig. And the race is on.
The boys visit a "genetic engineering ranch" on the edge of town, where they meet the mysterious Dr. Mephesto. He tells them it's impossible to splice elephant and pig DNA. So Chef suggests a different tactic -- get the animals drunk. The boys tank up their pets on beer, and they finally make sweet love.
Meanwhile, Mephesto (whose son turns out to be Terrance) creates a gigantic, misshapen clone of Stan. The monster escapes and goes on a rampage through South Park.
Stan catches up with the creature, calms him and lures him to his house. He wants it to beat up his sister, Shelley, who regularly stomps the crap out of him. But the plan fails when Big Stan goes berserk, hurling Kenny into a microwave and cooking him to death. Only the timely intervention of Shelly, who drops the clone with one punch, restores order. Mephesto arrives and shoots Big Stan in the head, killing him.
The school's science fair suddenly becomes much less interesting. Terrance, deprived of his human clone, displays a five-assed monkey instead.
At the last moment, word comes that Cartman's pig has given birth. Its offspring is brought to class, where the kids notice it looks a lot like Mr. Garrison.
"Oh, gee," Mr. Garrison says. "Isn't that an amazing coincidence? What are the odds of that?"
He gives the boys first prize.
What I Learned Today
"All I've ever wanted was to genetically engineer something useful. But I've failed. Perhaps we shouldn't be toying with God's creations. Perhaps we should just leave nature alone to it's simple one-assed schematics."
- "I would NEVER let a woman kick my ass! If she tried anything, I'd be like 'HEY! You get your bitch ass back in the kitchen and make me some pie!!!" Cartman
- "Well, spank my ass and call me Charlie. Isn't this exciting, two A+ students in a cloning war!" Mr. Garrison
- "I'll kick you in the nuts!" Cartman
- "Tonight is right for love. Love gravy ." Chef
- Kyle: "When does mother nature go from beautiful to ugly?" Chef: "Usually about 9:30 in the morning, children." Kyle
Chef duets with Elton John on their slow jam "Love Gravy".
Behind The Scenes
Matt and Trey originally wanted to call this episode "An Elephant Fucks A Pig". Not surprisingly the network brass didn't go for it. The cafeteria scene with the Boys and Pip was originally in the pilot episode "Cartman Gets An Anal Probe", but was cut for time. It appears here, and if you look closely, you can notice the animation is a bit more crude.
Where Did The Idea Come From
The character of Shelley is based on Trey's sister (also named Shelley). When they were kids, she regularly beat him senseless, once even tossing him down a flight of stairs.
Pop Culture References
Dr. Mephesto is an homage to Marlon Brando's portrayal of Dr. Moreau in the 1996 version of The Island of Dr. Moreau. Also, both Mephesto and Chef state that the lyrics of a particular Loverboy song explain that you can't splice elephant and pig DNA. The line goes, "Da'n Do-A, Pig and Elephant D-N-A Just Won't Splice ." The plot of this episode has great parallels to the classic tale "Frankenstein". When the Boys go to Officer Barbrady for help finding the mutant clone, he tells the kids "they've been watching the 'X-Files' too much". The last line of the episode, "That'll do, pig" is a reference to the 1995 movie "Babe", about a gallant pig who wants to be a sheep dog.
Elton John, who sings a love song to help the pig and elephant get "in the mood."
Originally Shelley was supposed to douse Stan with an accelerant and set him on fire. Because the network feared this might encourage copycat behavior among children, the scene was deleted. So now there's a moment where Stan is seen inexplicably lying in a puddle of liquid. It's the lighter fluid or gasoline or whatever it was that Shelley would have used to set him ablaze. This is the first time that we see Stan's family. While we've met Randy before in "Volcano", here he's presented as Stan's father. The addition of Randy, Sharon, and Shelly Marsh marks the first exploration into the home life of the Boys.